Ma'an News AgencyThe al-Wafa 6 aid convoy arrived Wednesday evening in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing with Egypt, a statement read.More than 30 people came with the convoy carrying humanitarian aid in solidarity with Gaza and will stay for several days.Al-Wafa has sent several convoys of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. In 2012, the convoy was organized by the Charitable Association
The Iranian government approved on Tuesday a draft resolution to cancel visa requirements for Egyptian tourists, reported an Iranian news agency.Egyptians are allowed to stay for a 20-day visit in Iran, according to Feras news agency.Ties between Egypt and Iran have improved significantly over the past few months after the election of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Diplomatic relations between
Far from the children who beg for change from idling cars and the teenagers who hurl rocks at armed Israeli troops, a different spectacle of Palestinian youth is playing out in the ballroom of a luxury Ramallah hotel.
Young contestants are gathered for a taping of "The President", a game show that aims to select a "new leader" for the Palestinians based on their views on the pressing
Ill-health may force veteran
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in hospital in
Paris, to hasten his departure from power, plunging a youthful,
restless nation into an uncertain political transition.Algeria, led by Bouteflika since 1999, has for decades drawn
its presidents from an ageing cohort of men who won their spurs
in the bitter 1954-62 independence war with
AFPAn Israeli air strike on Gaza City killed one person on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, with Israel saying it targeted a militant involved in a rocket attack on Eilat.The military confirmed the strike saying it had targeted a "global jihad terrorist" who was linked to a rocket attack on Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat on April 17."A man in his 20s was martyred and another injured in an
The NationalSheikh Khalifa also pledged to settle the financial obligations of the prisoners, whose release was announced on Monday.In addition to supervising Cairo's Al Azhar Mosque, Dr El Tayyeb is president of Al Azhar University. He expressed his appreciation of Sheikh Khalifa's decision to fund projects worth Dh250 million at the university, the state news agency Wam reported."This is
Middle East MonitorAn air bridge between Saudi Arabia and Egypt's El-Arish International Airport started on Monday to transfer medical supplies provided by the Kingdom to the Gaza Strip.
The first flight carried about 10 tons of medicines and medical equipment, which will be driven from El-Arish to the Rafah border crossing.A representative of the Saudi Health Ministry, Dr. Tariq Al-Arnoosi,
Ahram OnlineState security prosecutors have started interrogating an Egyptian national accused of spying for Israel, Judge Hisham El-Qarmouty, general attorney of the State Security High Prosecution, said on Tuesday.This month, an Israeli spy jailed in Egypt began a hunger strike demanding to be released. Ouda Trabin, a Bedouin, was arrested in Egypt 12 years ago on charges of espionage and
Libya will join its neighbors in tackling sensitive fuel market reforms and plans to do away with all subsidies within three years, Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates over 14 percent of Libyas budget or about $7 billion will be swallowed up by subsidies for food and fuel, which the government says are ineffective because they encourage
AFPSaboteurs on Tuesday blew up the main pipeline linking oilfields in Yemen's eastern Marib province to an export terminal on the Red Sea, almost halting the flow of oil, officials said. The armed group attacked the pipeline in the Wadi Abida area of Marib, the local government officials told AFP. "Oil flow came to a near complete halt," said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity.The
AFPTunisia's military court in Sfax, southeast Tunisia, convicted Ben Ali on Tuesday over the violent repression of protests in the region during the revolution in which one person died and two others were injured, the official TAP news agency reported.The interior minister at the time, Rafik Belhaj Kacem, was given a 10-year jail term while the former head of the presidential guard, Ali Seriati,
Matthew Hollingworth, the head of the World Food Programme's Syria operation said in an interview last week that WFP is trying to feed 2.5 million people every month inside Syria - a tenth of the population - and a million outside, in a conflict that has left 70,000 dead. He says his organisation will need to almost double the number of people it reaches by the end of the year."It's no secret
AFPArmed men demanding the expulsion of officials from the former regime of ousted Libyan leader Muamer Gaddafi Tuesday surrounded the justice ministry in Tripoli, where the foreign ministry has similarly been encircled for the past three days, an official said."Several armed men in vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft guns surrounded the ministry of justice," Walid Ben Rabha, head of the
ReutersSyrian state television said 70 people were wounded, several critically. The British-based Syrian Observatory reported 9 dead civilians and 3 security men and said the death toll was likely to rise.Pro-government Al-Ikhbariya television showed firefighters running through thick smoke after the blast in Marjeh Square. Two bodies could be seen on the ground. The target of the attack was not
AFPA blast rocked the central Damascus district of Marjeh on Tuesday causing casualties, Syrian state television said, with an AFP correspondent reporting automatic arms fire after the explosion."Terrorist explosion in Marjeh district of Damascus and preliminary information on casualties," state television reported.The explosion, which state media said also caused damage at the scene, came near
An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medics said, in the first targeted attack against militants since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war in November.
An Israeli government spokesman said the military had hit a "jihadi who was an expert in manufacturing rockets".
He added that the man had "played a role" in a rocket attack from
AFPHezbollah commander Hussein Habib's family is still mourning his death in Syria, where he fought alongside regime soldiers. But they say they are ready to offer another son up as a "martyr".In their town of Baalbek and other strongholds of Shiite movement Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon, it's no longer a secret that the group's members are crossing the border to bolster the ranks of government
AFPSaudi police arrested a Shiite activist wanted on security-related charges after a gunfight in the kingdom's Eastern province, scene to sporadic protests since early 2011, the interior ministry said.Abdullah al-Asreeh, one of 23 Shiites on a wanted list for allegedly fomenting trouble in the eastern region, was arrested along with an unarmed man who faces charges of selling drugs and alcohol,
ReutersSheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, made the comment after he and a group of Arab officials met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss how to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad appeared to make a concession to Israel by explicitly raising the possibility of land swaps, although
AFPIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Tehran's nuclear programme was getting closer to crossing a crucial "red line" but had yet to reach it."It has not yet crossed the red line which I laid out in the United Nations but it is systematically approaching it and we cannot let it cross," he told senior members of his Likud-Beitenu political alliance in remarks broadcast
Journal of Turkish WeeklyTwo rockets were on Monday fired at a Russian passenger plane carrying holidaymakers as it flew over Syria, DPA reported.The plane with some 200 passengers on board, managed to avoid two surface-to-air missiles, which subsequently exploded close to it, a unnamed source told the Interfax news agency.Nobody was hurt, the report said. The liner belonging to an unnamed
ReutersSyria's prime minister survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's capital.Six people were killed in the blast, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Previous rebel attacks on government targets included a December bombing which wounded Assad's interior minister.As prime minister, Wael
ReutersLibya's foreign ministry remained surrounded on Monday by heavily armed protesters, a tense demonstration of militia force that prompted the legislature to postpone its next sitting.Militiamen surrounded the ministry on Sunday with pick-up trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns and armed groups also tried unsuccessfully to storm the interior ministry and the state news agency, posing a
ReutersUN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that investigators have been gathering and analyzing available information on alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but access to the war-torn country is needed for a "credible and comprehensive inquiry."The issue of possible chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's government has become a crucial factor that could lead to the United States
The Associated PressThe United Arab Emirates is releasing more than 100 Egyptian prisoners in a gesture toward easing strained ties over political crackdowns on groups allegedly linked to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.The releases do not appear to include those held as part of recent arrests linked to political opposition, including more than a dozen Egyptians.
Others in custody include UAE
The Times of IsraelThe police’s anti-smuggling unit busted two men Sunday night who allegedly attempted to smuggle 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of hashish over the Egyptian border.An IDF patrol pursued the suspects, residents of the southern Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj, until they were caught by police officers.
During the chase, the suspects hurled the drugs from their vehicle but failed
Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi said he will lead a delegation of clerics next week on a support visit to Hamas-ruled Gaza, a local daily reported Monday.Qaradawi, an Egyptian who is also a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, will travel to Gaza on May 8 along with a delegation of the Doha-based International Union of Muslim Scholars, he told Al-Arab daily.The aim of
AFPParliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi called on Monday for the cabinet to resign and for early elections to be held, as a seven-day wave of violence killed more than 230 people in Iraq.The initiative is aimed at "national reconciliation and maintaining the gains of democracy," as well as "sparing the country from the spectre of civil war and sectarian strife," Nujaifi's office said in a
AFPSyrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid on Monday, surviving a blast against his convoy in Damascus, in the latest attack on top members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.The attack came as Republican lawmakers in the United States stepped up calls for American action after claims Assad's regime used chemical weapons against its population during its battle against